Game #5, again – Chicago White Sox (2-2) vs. Cleveland Indians (1-3)
By Matthew Van Wormer
The weather in the great city of Cleveland is never what you think it will be. In the middle of March, it was 80 degrees. Yesterday, fans didn’t even want to be outside and neither did the players as the game was called due to impending snow that was ready to hit the city.
“It was going to be grueling,” manager Manny Acta said. “With the weather it wouldn’t be baseball, it would be survival.”
Instead of Jeanmar Gomez getting his first start of the season, he’s going to have to wait until Saturday. Justin Masterson (0-0, 1.13 ERA) takes the mound for his second start of the season. Acta said with off days, the rotation would be reordered and Josh Tomlin would be available out of the bullpen for a couple days and would not start again until April, 20.
Masterson will look to build on his first start which he went eight innings, struck out 10 and gave up just one run. Only one other right-hander has done that on Opening Day in Cleveland Indians history, a right-hander by the name of Bob Feller, who happened to do it twice. He was very deserving of the win last Thursday but the bullpen let him down. Hopefully, Big Nasty can get the Indians on track and bring home a victory.
John Danks (0-1, 4.50 ERA) will take the hill for the White Sox, looking to bounce back from a less than stellar start on Opening Day for the South Siders. Danks took the loss against the high powered Texas Rangers but could have more luck against a Tribe offense that has been non-existent for the most part. It will be interesting to see if Acta sends out the same righty-heavy lineup that lost to the White Sox on Monday night.
After the day game today, the Indians will travel to Kansas City to start their first road-trip of the season which will see them play nine games in a row on the road, six of which will be on the west coast. A win would be a huge momentum builder for a young team that needs to find something to get them going. First pitch is set for 1:05.
Cleveland Indians Starting Lineup
1. Michael Brantley, CF
2. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
3. Shin-Soo Choo, RF
4. Carlos Santana, C
5. Travis Hafner, DH
6. Shelley Duncan, LF
7. Casey Kotchman, 1B
8. Jason Kipnis, 2B
9. Jack Hannahan, 3B
Chicago White Sox Starting Lineup
1. Alejandro De Aza, CF
2. Brent Morel, 3B
3. Adam Dunn, DH
4. Paul Konerko, 1B
5. A.J. Pierzynski, C
6. Alexei Ramirez, SS
7. Kosuke Fukudome, RF
8. Dayan Viciedo, LF
9. Gordon Beckham, 2B
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